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I love photography. I love the challenges of finding people and places that make interesting pictures. I love telling a story with photos. I love the thrill of overcoming adversity and obstacles, even danger (ie: standing in icy water up to my thighs, tangling with barbed wire, running from angry animals, risking being hit by moving vehicles or machines, nearly drowning, almost being electrocuted, dodging bottles thrown by drunks) to get that perfect shot which captures something amazing.....a moment, a look, a feeling, an idea, a small detail or commonplace event which most people are marginally aware of but never REALLY take a good look at and appreciate for what it is. I go places off the beaten track that no one else thinks of visiting, and take photos that no one else has taken of those places....hidden gems. Most of all, I love sharing the world and what I see in it WITH the rest of the world. Have a look and tell me what you think, or how it makes you feel. If you are looking for a specific image for use in publishing or print and want to use any of my images, please contact me and leave a message, so we can make arrangements. Cheers-
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It is a shame that the old mill complex is ruined now, the dam still looks pretty strong, though I imagine it will be eroding away too. When I was a kid I remember the bigger kids walking all the way from one side of the creek to the other across the top of the dam wall during dry summers when the water in the creek was low.

Believe it or not, when I was a kid I remember visiting this old building when it was standing. The doors still opened and shut on the old hinges. The machiery inside could still be seen, and there was an old grindstone with a long pole attached to a wheel for a mule or horse to walk in circles and grind salt, meal, or whatever. That was about 30+ years ago. Nice picture of the ruins of an outbuilding. This was probably a storage building for the bags of grain or whatever.

The light in this shot is beautiful and very calming.I am so glad that someone has finally photographed the old mill and buildings. I miss seeing those old ruins. I grew up just down the road from this old mill, and used to ride down a path through the woods to get there.

Gracias, Beabella, saludos.

Hey there, Mary Alice! I hope you are well. This is a great image and black and white works so well here, to convey the form and interplay of light and shadows of this grand old bridge. I had an attack of Nostalgia last week and decided to start putting up some old photos of my family and the old houses they lived in at Carmel, Alps, Rocky Mount,and Senoia as well as the old schools at Alvaton and Wooster on my Flickr page so stop by and have a look! I know you will love it. Just lookin at your pics and others on Google Earth exploring the map wanted to add a historical sidenote that ain't in the "history books". Some of the laborers that worked on this bridge at Red Oak creek and the other one at White Oak creek that King built were actually white sharecroppers and "dirt" farmers that were trying to make some extra money between farming. As a matter of fact, my own family the Stricklands and several other families including the Wood family had sons that helped supply King with sawed timberwood for the bridges. they cut it down, sawed and milled it, and hauled it to the site of the bridge(now gone) at White Oak creek. This was because the settlements of Warnerville and Texas were close by and the men working on the farms had a vested interest in getting a good solid bridge built that connected the two sides and saved a lot of time trying to cross a ford much further north or south, or using a ferry and paying the ferryman. So, they helped do what they could to build the bridge when not working their farms. When I was a boy my dad drove me down the little dirt road and through the old covered bridge at White Oak Creek. We got out and looked at it for a minute before driving on to Carmel and back home in McDonough. He told me that some of our people, men in our family helped to build it. I still remember looking at it as we drove through and hearing the click-clacking of tires on pegged and spiked wooden planks...thinking how amazing that old bridge was. My great-great grandmothers brother "Bill Jack" Woods was a carpenter by trade and the story of him working on the White Oak bridge was told to me by the old folks in my family. So, I happen to know King did not exclusively use freed slaves as labor. It might have been a bit tense at times I expect, but none of my family had owned slaves. Thanks for photographing this great part of the county history. If you like, head up to White Oak creek where the old bridge used to be, and get some shots of that for me to see in your pages! Take care.

Hi Christopher The Major Oak at Sherwood I have not yet visited. It's looks to me, are a little disappointing with all the metal props, I hope they will soon be replaced with more sympathetic magic Oak posts. Regards Bob

Hi Christopher Good well composed scene with excellent colour, that I spotted in your gallery that I do like. (Like) Regards Bob

Lovely! Good use of backlighting, to accentuate the sloping cirve of the bridge and trees in the background...and the color and soft focus really make the quality of the light very attractive and almost magical. The darkened vignetting at the top of frame is a good move to absorb some of that bright light and keep the focal point on that reflected light in the river. A well-composed shot. Thumbs up from me!!!! I love the Stour valley and all the little villages along its course.

Nicely executed, Heath. I enjoy the occasional IR image, especially since I used to maintain and repair large IR cameras during my service in the military. Amazing things, those cameras! This is a beautiful image. Makes you wonder how a being that sees in IR would perceive us???



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